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Inter 7-0 Sassuolo: Icardi Shines in Resounding Rout

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The Nerazzurri scored early and often against the overmatched visitors…

Marco Luzzani

Inter secured its first win of the young Serie A season after throttling Sassuolo 7-0 at San Siro on Sunday.

Mauro Icardi led the way with three goals, two of which came before the 30-minute mark, while Pablo Osvaldo chipped in with a brace.

Mateo Kovacic, who was a threat all-afternoon long, added a goal as did Fredy Guarin.

Rodrigo Palacio made his first appearance of the season off the bench as Inter matched its 7-0 home victory over Sassuolo last season.

Hopefully it's more of the same for the rest of September with winnable games against Palermo, Atalanta and Cagliari coming up next.

Official Lineups

Inter: 3-5-2: Handanovic; Andreolli, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Nagatomo, Hernanes, Medel, Kovacic, Dodo; Osvaldo, Icardi

Sassuolo: 4-3-3: Consigli; Vrsaljko, Terranova, Ariaudo, Peluso; Biondini, Magnanelli, Missiroli; Zaza, Sansone, Berardi

Match Summary

Inter needed only four minutes to open the scoring as Kovacic ran past three defenders and found Icardi, who bundled the ball over the line on his second attempt.

It was a dream start for the home side and illustrated just why the future is so bright for the two Nerazzurri youngsters.

Sassuolo was firmly on the back foot and was forced to make a change in the 18th minute when Sime Vrsaljko limped off the pitch with an injury.

Inter continued its assault on the visitors and was rewarded in the 21st minute when Osvaldo sent Kovacic through on goal and the Croatian held off his defender before beating Andrea Consigli with a smart finish.

The Beneamata were in total control and took a commanding 3-0 lead when Icardi curled in a shot past the outstretched arms of Consigli from outside of the penalty area.

Kovacic was looking for more as he glided past two defenders only to lose the ball at the last moment and received a round of applause from an appreciated crowd.

The rout was on as Inter went up 4-0 when Dodo did all the hard work only to see his shot saved by Consigli but Osvaldo was on hand to pound the rebound into the gaping net.

The half-time whistle couldn't come soon enough for the visitors who were humbled 7-0 last year at the Meazza.

It was more of the same in the second half as Icardi scored his third goal of the game as he latched on to Kovacic's pass and fired a first-time shot past Consigli.

Just when Sassuolo didn't think things could get worse Berardi was sent off for a blatant elbow on Juan Jesus.

The Nerazzurri made it 6-0 when Guarin unselfishly squared the ball to Osvaldo, who was left with a simple tap-in.

Inter was in seventh heaven when Guarin received the ball at the top of the area and unleashed a drive that bounced off the post and into the net in the 75th minute.

Goalscorers: Icardi (4', 30', 53'), Kovacic (21'), Osvaldo (43', 72') (Guarin 75').

Men of the Match: Kovacic and Icardi. The two youngsters are turning into stars before our eyes.